This list contains information about famous Navy SEALS, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Among the most respected and feared soldiers on the planet, Navy SEALs are trained for the sea, air, and land. Just to become Navy SEALs, these soldiers must complete what is widely considered the toughest training in any military worldwide.
Who is the most famous Navy SEAL? Jesse Ventura tops our list. Following his service on the Underwater Demolition Team, Ventura was a pro wrestler and Governor of Minnesota.
Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, achieved a new level of posthumous fame when his book, American Sniper, was adapted into 2014's biggest movie. Marcus Luttrell detailed his combat experience in his book Lone Survivor, which was also adapted into a popular film.
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Michael Monsoor was a Navy SEAL who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for using his body to shield his fellow soldiers from a grenade explosion in Ramadi, Iraq, during a 2006 combat engagement.
The first Navy SEAL to be appointed to three-star and four-star flag rank, Admiral Eric T. Olson oversaw the U.S. Special Operations Command from 2007 to 2011.
Michael P. Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor in the War in Afghanistan.
During the engagement that later became the subject of Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor, Murphy deliberately made himself vulnerable to enemy fire in order to communicate his SEAL team's position to headquarters.
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An accomplished Navy SEAL during the Vietnam War and beyond, Richard Marcinko served as the first commander of SEAL Team 6.
As a counter-terrorism expert, he went on to become a popular speaker and a prolific author.